"[It’s] the bare minimum we need... [There] aren't one or two big answers to the climate crisis. There are 500 little things. Becoming carbon neutral is definitely one of those things. And those who have the ability to do more definitely need to do more."
"My name is Susan Fox, and my husband’s name is Bill. We’ve been married for over twenty years and live in Milford Ohio. I’m retired now, but I am a landscape architect by trade.
What resonated with me about Carbon Neutral Ohio? Well, it just seems like the bare minimum we need to do. In fact, not only do we need to be carbon neutral… we also need to be carbon negative and pull more of it out of the air than we’re putting in.
To me, there aren't one or two big answers to the climate crisis. There are 500 little things. Becoming carbon neutral is definitely one of those things. And those who have the ability to do more definitely need to do more.
We have this beautiful planet. It is amazingly restorative -- it can fix itself in a lot of ways -- but I also realize it doesn’t care about us. So if we screw things up badly enough it’s not going away. It’ll just be very unpleasant for the humans and animals that remain. And I love human life! I love cities by the water, on the beaches… I don’t want to see that go away.
There are several things I like about Carbon Neutral Ohio’s strategy:
- It engages individuals. We can all help bring the planet a little more into balance.
- But it’s more than individuals. I already have tons of trees on my property. I can’t plant anymore. So I need to look outside of my property to sequester more and more carbon from the air. I need to work with others to do that.
- It’s a non-profit. This has great appeal to me. There are a lot of organizations that sell carbon offsets. It’s all about trust. How do I know they are actually having the impact they say they are? I know there are some nonprofits that aren't genuine, but I think Carbon Neutral Ohio is definitely the real deal.
- The team wants to grow and be as effective as possible. A lot of people are doing a lot of work, and it sounds good, but are they really effective at changing things? I trust that Carbon Neutral Ohio is.
- Everything seems so plausible. I’ve heard the founder make two presentations, and I’ve talked with him on the phone a few more times. He wasn’t promising any magic pills. Everything made sense and seems achievable.
So my husband and I are proud to be carbon neutral -- and one of the first in Ohio!"